Having been in the wedding business for over 15 years, the team here at Studio Veil has come to appreciate all types of weddings — from the most grandiose to the most intimate, they all have nuances that make them individually special.
But being a small team of local artists and professionals from Minneapolis and St. Paul, you could say we have a bit of a soft spot for the clever planning that goes into crafting a small or intimate wedding to make them just as memorable and exciting as the larger ones. We’ve learned over the years that there are many ways to design and execute small and intimate weddings, and having the right venue is key for making your wedding planning experience that much more enjoyable.
Today, we’re going to cover our top 14 choices for the best small wedding venues in Minnesota that are aesthetic, versatile, and are sure to make a lasting impression on your guests. From rustic to whimsical to futuristic, there are a plethora of venues available in this diverse state.
Redeemed Farm has two spaces to choose from: The Stable and The Historic Barn. As the names indicate, these two spaces at Scandia, Minnesota’s (Twin Cities and St. Paul-adjacent) Redeemed Farm provides an intimate yet stunning backdrop with the farmstead and vineyard on the property. With 40 acres and a limit of 175 guests, there is a lot of space to take advantage of to wow your guests at your small Minnesota wedding.
The Historic Barn is a two-story barn that features everything you would find at a luxurious venue — such as cathedral-high ceilings and a grand staircase — with a rustic twist. The Stable is similar but has more of a chapel aesthetic, so it’s perfect for couples who want a mix of traditional and down-to-earth or relaxed vibes. We love that Redeemed Farm offers both indoor and outdoor spaces so you have the flexibility to be creative with how you design your wedding. Many couples will have the ceremony in the vineyard, dinner on the lower level of The Historic Barn and then dance the night away in the stable!
Hope Glen Farm isn’t just any farm — it’s a multi-offering venue that features breathtaking landscapes and traditional, yet sophisticated architecture that lends itself well for a beautiful ceremony. We can’t help but imagine all the stunning wedding photos that will come out of using this venue!
The 700-acre outdoor pasture is surrounded by the local ravine and there are even separate bridal and groom suites so you can get ready with your wedding party before the real party begins! Our favorite feature is the Tree House luxury suite where you get to stay in the most luxurious treehouse you may ever lay your eyes on.
Hope Glen Farm is also available for elopements and tiny weddings.
With up to 4,000 square feet of space and the capacity to accommodate up to 300 guests, The Loft is flexible and perfect for both small and intimate weddings as well as larger celebrations. We love that the venue space pays homage to its original purpose, which was housing lumberjacks back when the town was in its height of its logging days. You can find bits of inspiration from that time period due to the contrasting colored wood used throughout the room, but the modern amenities ensure you’re still getting a luxurious and modern experience.
La Pointe Events is a memorable venue because it looks like what we like to call a contemporary fairytale. Complete with scenic views of the Apple River, rich greenery as far as the eye can see, and beautiful cabin-style spaces, La Pointe Events perfectly balances modern and whimsical. We love how there are also options to include food, alcohol, decor, and many more add-ons so you can truly mold the experience to fit your vision. Aesthetic and hassle-free? Sign us up!
Radisson Blu is almost as luxurious as it gets. Connected to the Mall of America, and minutes from downtown Minneapolis, you are guaranteed a wedding as vibrant as the city life outside. The modern ballroom is available for grand wedding ceremonies and reception to make your small wedding feel as extravagant as the big ones. We love how there are many lighting options available to enhance the mood you’re going for.
The services are seemingly endless (they have an all-inclusive wedding package) so you can plan your small or intimate wedding from beginning to end without a sweat. Need a place to host your wedding rehearsal dinner? Check. Need spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception? Check, check, and check.
Surrounded by a lush green lawn, gorgeous trees, and seasonal flowers, The Refuge Golf Club is one of the more charming and humble venues on this list. We love how you can utilize the outdoor spaces and indoor spaces to your advantage and make your wedding truly dynamic (we highly recommend taking photographs and hosting your ceremony outside if weather permits). They’re also known for their customer service, so you can rest assured that all your wedding guests will be well taken care of.
The Mill Site was built in 1907 and boasts many of its original architectural elements such as wood beams, high ceilings, and exposed brick. But what we love most about this venue? The breathtaking view of the Rum River. If you’ve always imagined having your wedding in a woodsy area meshed with bohemian or even ethereal vibes, The Mill Site will be the perfect venue for your wedding.
The Mendakota Country Club achieves refined energy without being bougie. With a beautiful view of the golf course, cathedral ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers, and panoramic windows, the Mendakota Country Club manages to accomplish a chic and upbeat environment for your social guests. To sum it up nicely, the venue says on their website that it’s the place to experience the “timeless elegance of a classic country club wedding.”
Warehouse Winery was a must-include venue for this list because it offers a different experience from the usual light and airy wedding trend we’ve been seeing lately. The dim-lit atmosphere, bold stone walls, and eclectic decor make the vibe a little gothic and mysterious. What’s our perspective? Warehouse Winery’s intimate venue is a definite winner for couples who are seeking an experience that challenges the traditional definition of a wedding. Oh, and did we mention that our Photo Bus fits INSIDE the venue for an even more unique photo booth experience for your guests?
The Semple Mansion is the venue for you if you’ve always dreamed of having a royal wedding that will do nothing short of dazzle your guests. This space is inspired by 16th century Italian Renaissance, which is why you’ll find impressively high ceilings, a spacious floor plan, and a sweeping staircase — all part of a recipe for a truly one-of-a-kind night.
We also love that couples can take advantage of the entire space to host their ceremony and reception, and still have room for other activities such as a photo area.
Known for their attention to detail, 7 Vines makes planning a wedding at their venue seamless and relaxing (who knew it was possible?). The warm and versatile space makes it easy to decorate to your preference — although you may find this task easy since 7 Vines boast a gorgeous 10-acre vineyard backdrop. They list on their site that they are “a premier destination for all good things” — that sounds like the setup for a flawless wedding if you ask us!
Pique Travel‘s venue was recently updated so that you and your 200 guests can enjoy everything the unique 3,000 square-foot venue has to offer. They take pride in their use of reclaimed materials, concrete bars, and a full-length deck that transports you back in time at a historic train depot. When we first laid eyes on Pique Event Venue, we were overcome with a sense of wanderlust and adventure (they live up to their name and reputation in that way), and so we recommend this venue for couples who love to go exploring.
The Minneapolis Golf Club is a mere few minutes from downtown Minneapolis, making it an ideal spot for couples who thrive off of the vibrant city life. Not only do they provide a first-class menu, professional audio/visual features, and in-house event experts who can work with you to create the wedding of your dreams but they also offer a wide variety of rooms to choose from so you can make your small wedding unique.
With their reputation as “one of the region’s most scenic and highly-coveted venues for wedding receptions,” it’s hard to imagine your event going awry.
Royal Foundry Events is arguably the most unique venue on this list because of how modern and industrial it is, with a touch of class since it’s also inspired by iconic British design elements. Here are some of the features you can expect: concrete floors, neutral colored walls, a concrete accent wall, and a garage door.
As a distillery, it’ll definitely make for a one-of-a-kind (and super fun) place to have your small or intimate wedding. To add to the fun of it all (and what we are huge fans of), Royal Foundry Events even has a gaming room. Whether you decide to use it or not, in the end, is completely up to you and your partner’s preference of course, but we highly recommend at least considering the idea of adding some bowling into your wedding itinerary.
As the “most exciting boutique hotel in Wayzata, Minnesota” the Hotel Landing already makes an impression right when you land on their website. Their modern venue allows newlyweds and their family and friends to waltz the night away in their grand ballroom, have an intimate dinner at their restaurant, and a quaint view of Lake Minnetonka. One thing we appreciate at the Hotel Landing is that they offer catering menus that can be tailored to your preferences and budget.
If you have time or need a place to stay for your honeymoon, we recommend keeping it easy and staying at one of their executive suites and take full advantage of their Nordic-inspired spa.
Now that we covered our top 14 choices for the best small wedding venues in Minnesota, we hope that you’re ready to say “yes” to the venue of your dreams while you marry the partner of your dreams!
If you’re feeling like you need some extra help crushing that wedding to-do list, let’s get in touch to see how our Studio Veil team can help you and your partner plan your intimate wedding! For us, your wedding is never just a big party — it’s a meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime and joyous day that deserves the most personable and professional energy we can put into each detail.
May 27, 2021
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